Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baja Fresh Deal: Pay $7, Get $15 Worth of Food at limited locations in Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa and Corte Madera, CA

I love burritos.

Currently, there is a pay $7, get $15 worth of food at a very limited number of Baja Fresh locations..
Looks delicious!!!

Some fine print:
  • Offer must be purchased by end of June 1, 2011.
  • Expires Sep 2, 2011 (Offer must be redeemed by this date.)
  • Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per visit.
  • 25 is the tipping point for this offer to be valid.

This offer is valid at the following locations:
  • Rohnert Park
    451 Rohnert Park Expy. W
    Rohnert Park, California 94928
    Get Directions
  • Santa Rosa
    2240 Mendocino Ave., Suite C-1
    Santa Rosa, California 95403
    Get Directions
  • Corte Madera
    205 Corte Madera Town Ctr.
    Corte Madera, California 94925
    Get Directions

To get in on this money saving deal, do the following:
  1. click here;
  2. make sure you are located in the Groupon San Francisco, CA area;
  3. and, you may or may not have to look on the right side of the screen under "More Great Deals Nearby."

Happy dining!!!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Gym Day

Windy outside, so I got reacquainted with the hamster wheel (or treadmill).

8.2 miles @ 1:41
35 mins thru a series of weight machines

Downed:  1 20 oz bottle of Orange Gatorade, which was on sale for $1

Guestimate calories burned:  952

Sunday, May 29, 2011

National Running Day Discounts on Some Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon Events on June 1, 2011.

Who doesn't want to save on event registration fees?

Come National Running Day, or June 1, 2011, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon folks are offering discounts on some of their events if you register during that day.

The discounts are as follows:


For one-day only! Save on Rock ‘n’ Roll:
SAVE $26 on any Marathon*
SAVE $13 on any Half Marathon*
SAVE $10 on any 10K
SAVE $5 on any 5K


Everyone who registers for any Rock ‘n’ Roll event on June 1 will also receive the following:
  • 5 FREE music downloads**
  • Free shipping on all merchandise purchased on the web store

*Discount is valid on June 1, 2011 only from 12:00 am PST – 11:59pm PST. Some exceptions apply: Las Vegas, San Diego and Seattle events, all relays and Get Fit Challenges registrations are excluded from this discount.
**Limit 10,000 entries. The first 10,000 people to register for any event Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and Carlsbad 5000 will receive a unique code via email on June 6, 2011 to receive 5 free music downloads.

For more info. on the National Running Day discounts offered by the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and Half Marathon events, click here.

Happy running!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

2012 Inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon, Hollywood, CA. Event date: April 7, 2012

I somehow stumbled across a website for the 2012 Inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon in Hollywood, CA.

Event date:  April 7, 2012

Currently, there isn't a whole lot of information on the website regarding the event.  The website links to Active.com seem to reveal a bit more, such as the following:


*Commemorative Tech T-shirts for all participants
*Goodie Bag & Refreshments from fitness vendors
*Chip Timing for fast & accurate results
*Post Race Party/Awards Ceremony In The Park
*Free Limo Party Bus Shuttles To & From Griffith Park
*Movie Premiere Style Photo Backdrop with Red Carpet


*Awesome (Oscar Style) Finishers Trophies
*Prize money for Top 3 Overall Male & Female Finishers


*Scenic and Flat 13.1 Race Course TBD
*Run With The Stars Along Hollywood Blvd.
*Course Map: http://www.HollywoodHalfMarathon.com/map.html
(Note:  Clicking on the course map currently does not go anywhere.)


Registration fees are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable.

IMHO, inaugural events are always risky because the event kinks may or may not be worked out; sponsors may or may not come on board, etc.  On the extreme end of things, I have seen advertising for inaugural events which just never materialized.

One of my friends told me she was going to sign up for the 2012 Inaugural Hollywood Half Marathon.  I am a bit more cautious and will take a wait and see on it.  Currently, I am just putting this out there, so you may want to keep an eye on it.

Please click here for the event's website.

Good luck!!!

The 20 Miler that Wasn't

I have a 6 Hour Event in July, so I tried to do a 20 miler today to keep on target.  But, it was the 20 Miler that wasn't.
Things didn't gel together, so I stopped it at 13.1 miles (2:45:20).
Post-wog, I also noticed I was going out at Half Marathon pace when I should have been wogging along on Marathon pace.
I need to rebuild my mileage base and not go out as fast.
Along the way to 13.1 miles, I sampled 3 Cherry Lime Roctane gels and washed them down with Accelerade.
I love the Cherry Lime Roctane gel.  The taste reminds me of Cherry 7-UP.  I wonder if they still make Cherry 7-UP.
Bad runs, or wogs, are part of the game.  It happens to everyone.  Just don't dwell on it when things don't gel together and focus on trying to get to where you need to go next time out.
I also walked 3.1 miles doing errands today.
Guestimate net calories burned: 1,148

Mel's Drive-In: Pay $10, Get $20 Worth of Burgers, Drinks and More

Sometimes, I want a juicy burger, some fries and a nice milk shake to wash it all down.

Good thing there is a juicy deal at several Mel's Drive-In restaurants.  There's a Pay $10, get $20 Worth of Burgers, Drinks and More deal currently on.

Some fine print:
  1. May 29, 2011 is the last day to purchase this offer.
  2. Expires Aug 30, 2011 (This is the last date for this offer to be redeemed at a restaurant location.)
  3. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more.

This offer is valid at the following locations:
  • Civic Center
    1050 Van Ness Ave.
    San Francisco, California 94109
    Get Directions

  • SoMa
    801 Mission St.
    San Francisco, California 94103
    Get Directions

  • Cow Hollow
    2165 Lombard St.
    San Francisco, California 94123
    Get Directions
  •   Laurel Heights
      3355 Geary Blvd.
      San Francisco, California 94118

      Get Directions

To get in on this deal, do the following:
  1. click here;
  2. make sure you are in the Groupon San Francisco, CA area;
  3. and, you may or may not have to look on the right side of the screen under "More Great Deals Nearby"

Happy dining!!!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Free T Shirt Running Challenge: Divis or Shut Up with Fleet Feet San Francisco. Multiple dates in 2011.

Who wants a free T shirt?

OK. For those of you in San Francisco who loves to run, you can possibly earn a free Nike T Shirt thru the Fleet Feet San Francisco Divis or Shut Up Challenge.
Do you have what it takes?

The course is on Divisadero, going from Lombard to Broadway and back.

The time limit:  30 minutes

The course is steep and a toughie, but you DO NOT have to complete all your laps on 1 date.  You have multiple dates to complete the challenge.

The minimum number of completed laps to get a FREE Nike T is 5 full laps.

You may want to mark your calendars.  Currently, the listed challenge dates are as follows:
  1. June 2
  2. July 7
  3. August 4
  4. September 1
  5. October 6
  6. November 3

For those who don't like hills, you might want to take a pass at this one.  The course is very, very, very steep.

For more details about the challenge and on what other items you can earn during this challenge, click here.

Good luck!!!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Brooks Run Happy Tour Bus Continuing to Make Its Rounds. Many 2011 Dates and Locations.

The double decker Brooks Cavalcade of Curiosities tour bus is continuing to make its rounds.  I believe everyone who shows up wins a prize and gets entered into a trip for 2 to any 1 of the 2012 Rock 'n' Roll Marathon or Half Marathon.

For those shopping for running shoes, there are also gait analysis treadmills and equipment on the upper deck of the bus.

I know a few folks around the following tour stops, so I listed them:

5/26 A Runner's Circle (Griffith Park) - Los Angeles, CA
3216 Los Feliz Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90039

5/27 A Snails Pace Running Shop - Brea, CA
1040 E Imperial Hwy
Brea, CA 92821

5/28 Movin Shoes (Pacific Beach) - San Diego, CA
1892 Garnet Ave
San Diego, CA 92109
10am - 3pm

5/30 Running Center - Carlsbad, CA
2584-B El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008
11am - 4pm

6/3 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Expo
11am - 7pm

6/4 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Expo
9am - 5pm

6/8 Run with Us (Rose Bowl Stadium) - Pasadena, CA
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103

6/10 Sports Basement - San Francisco, CA
610 Old Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94129
4pm - 7pm

6/11 Fleet Feet - Roseville, CA
1850 Douglas Blvd
Roseville, CA 95661
12pm - 6pm

6/12 Fleet Feet - Sacramento, CA
2311 J Street
Sacrament, CA 95816
11am - 5pm

6/18 Portland Running Company - Portland, OR
Conway Transportation 2055 NW Savier St
Portland, OR 97209
8am - 12pm

6/23 Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Expo
11am - 7pm

6/24 Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Expo
10am - 7pm

6/29 Super Jock 'n Jill - Seattle, WA
7210 E Green Lake Dr N
Seattle, WA 98115
3pm - 7pm

6/30 Fairhaven Runners & Walkers - Bellingham, WA
1209 11th Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
3pm - 7pm

Each of the tour stops are unique.  Some might have runs scheduled to go along with the bus tour; some may not.  I would give the location you want to stop by a ring if you want to know more details.

Also, there are way many more tour stops for me to list, and new stops might be added to the tour.  If you don't see a location near you, please click here to see a more complete listing.

Have fun and Run Happy!!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Uneven Running Shoe Wear.

The Asics Gel Nimbus 13 (May 2011) recently was released in some running shoe stores, which means the 12 and the 11 would get marked down.

I wanted an excuse or 2 to buy another pair of running shoes.  Since I have been wogging marathons recently (March - LA Marathon; April - Western Pacific Marathon; and May - BMO Vancouver Marathon), I finally took a look at the bottom of my shoes to see how they were holding up.

I was surprised...well, actually more shocked...at how uneven the wear was in the heel area.

Heel on right shoe (left side) is noticeably more worn compared to the heel on the left shoe.

With the way the right heel is being worn down, it won't be long before I have to get a new pair of running shoes.  So, yes, I better go buy new running shoes.  :)

What does the bottoms of your running shoes look like?

Are your running shoes wearing out evenly?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Windy Outside Means Another Gym Day. May 23, 2011

Ridiculously windy outside as a storm system is moving in.

Went to the gym.

1 hour and 40 minutes on an elliptical
35 minutes thru a series of weight machines
1 bottle Orange Vitamin Water downed

Net guestimate calories burned:  938

Note to thyself:  Down some form of breakfast before heading to the gym; felt sluggish.

You Can Be Like Kara... FREE* Shipping on Phiten USA Orders. Promo ends: 5/31/11

Goucher that is.  For those who don't run, Kara Goucher is a famous and popular long distance American runner.  She is a member of the Nike Oregon Project.  Her blog can be found by clicking here.

Anyhow, I have an Edge x30 necklace and love my necklace.

Some MLB baseball fans have been telling me that they have been eying the Tornado necklaces.

To browse or start shopping, click here.

*FREE standard shipping via UPS is available on website or phone orders of $35 or more from 5/20/11 thru 5/31/11.

Happy shopping!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon Now Offers Men's Sized Shirts. Event date: January 29, 2012

Registration for the run Disney 2012 Inaugural Tinker Bell 1/2 Marathon opened to much fanfare last month (April 2011).  Many of my friends and I were disappointed that only Women's sized long sleeve shirts were available to participants.

But now, Men's shirt sizes are listed as available in their new event FAQ section.  (See Q: re: if Men are allowed to participate in the event.)

If you need a change, I would definitely contact them to update your shirt size.  Because come Expo Friday and Saturday, no one wants a shirt that doesn't fit them, especially after paying over $120 plus pesky Active.com fees to register for the event.

I tried combing thru their website and came away with the email addie: disneysports@trackshack.com for those who want to update their proof of time for the event.  If you need to update your shirt size, I would definitely email them to see if they are able to update your shirt size also.

Happy running!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

8 Miles. May 21, 2011

8 miles @ 1:46:04

Cold and windy.  I tossed a bunch of hills into the mix..  It was so cold that I had problems moving my hands near the end.

Downed:  1 Strawberry Banana GU and some Accelerade

Net calories burned:  638

Groupon Redemption: 1 Large Pizza at Domino's Pizza. May 19, 2011

I finally made it in to redeem my Groupon for a Large $8 pizza at Domino's.  I originally blogged about the Groupon offer back here.

I have been pretty busy with work and haven't been able to get there until the last day to redeem.

Domino's Pizza

Any noids in here?

Cheese, Ham and Pineapple.

The crust tasted like garlic bread and was too thin for my liking.  For the price, I am not complaining.

Friday, May 20, 2011

25% Off Clif Shot Bloks and Gels at REI during the REI Anniversary Sale. Sale ends: May 30, 2011.

My next event has me going around in circles for 6 hours next month, so I better go get some more Clif Shot Bloks..

I am in luck as Clif Shot Bloks (and gels, too) are 25% off at the REI Anniversary Sale going on right now.  I believe the sale ends on  5/30/11.
25% off Clif Shot Bloks and Gels during the REI Anniversary Sale

Also during the REI Annivesary Sale, REI members can get 20% off 1 full-priced item (applies to most items in the store with some limitations).  Click here to get to the 20% REI members coupon.

If you're not an REI member, becoming 1 is simple and easy.  You can join and get the 20% off discount off of 1 full-priced item on the same day.  Click here to learn how to become an REI member.

To start shopping online at REI.com, click here.

Happy savings!!!

Fleet Feet San Francisco Sunset Run Benefiting Japanese Tsunami Relief Efforts / American Red Cross. May 19, 2011

I went to the Fleet Feet San Francisco Sunset Run benefiting Japanese Tsunami Relief Efforts / American Red Cross.

The event is an untimed, no bib, social run of 5 miles in the Marina to Hopper's Hand and back.

The proceeds went to charity, and participants receive a tech tee.  I believe this year the sponsor is Adidas, so everyone received an Adidas tech tee.  I registered at the early registration fee of $10.

There were also some raffle prizes, and after the run, there were some tunes, bagels, fruit and water.

Here are a few pics from the event:

Folks picking up their Adidas tech tee at the Fleet Feet San Francisco tent.

Raffling off raffle prizes.

Hopper's Hands is the turn around point.

Hopper's Paws is for the dogs who also ran.

Post run, there was a DJ spinning some tunes.

The raffle prizes included the following:
  1. Adidas shoes (multiple winners)
  2. Tickets to see the World Champion San Francisco Giants (multiple winners)
  3. Half Marathon Training Program with Marathon Matt
  4. An Entry into the Boston Marathon (qualifying times NOT required)

Although I didn't win anything, I had fun and schedule permitting, hope to participate again down the road.

There are 2 more Sunset Runs benefiting charities remaining for 2011.  They are as follows:
  • JULY 21 at 6:30pm (Benefiting Students Run Oakland)
  • AUGUST 18 at 6:30pm (Benefiting Ethembeni School)

For more info. about the Sunset Runs, click here.

Hope you can make it!!!

7 Miles, An Elliptical and Some Weights. May 19, 2011

I felt like I did a little of everything today throughout the day and evening.  Sometimes you have to squeeze little things done here and little things done there.

Activities for the day:
  1. 2 miles walked while doing errands
  2. 5 miles running at the Fleet Feet San Francisco charity run, benefiting Japanese Tsunami Relief/American Red Cross
  3. 35 minutes on an elliptical
  4. and 35 minutes weights

My legs still felt tired from the Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12k I had done 4 days ago during the 5 miler and on the elliptical, but I got in the mileage and the minutes.

Guestimate calories burned:  1,350

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Papa John's Pizza Special: Pay $13 for XL Pizza and 3 It's It Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Pizza and It's It.  What a combination?

Pay $13 get an Xxtra-Large Pizza with up to 7 toppings and a 3 Pack of It's It ice cream sandwiches at Papa John's Pizza (up to $36.28 value).  I think my wallet is drooling just thinking of the money saved on this deal.

XL Pizza with up to 7 toppings and 3 It's It for $13.  What a deal!!!

Some fine print:

  • Expires Nov 19, 2011 (This is the last date to order your pizza and It's It ice cream sandwiches.)
  • Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per order. Carryout only.
  • Limited quantities available or offer ends end of May 19, 2011, whichever occurs first.  Personally, I wouldn't think twice about this deal and just buy before the deal sells out.  (This is the date the offer must be purchased if you want in.)
  • 40 is the tipping point for this offer to become valid.

The offer is valid at the following locations:

1.  San Francisco

69 Cambon Dr.
San Francisco, California 94132

2.  San Mateo

9 W 43rd Ave.
San Mateo, California 94403

3.  Mountain View

571 W El Camino Real
Mountain View, California 94040
Get Directions

4.  San Bruno

735 San Mateo Ave.
San Bruno, California 94066

5.  San Leandro

2198 E 14th St.
San Leandro, California 94577

To get in on this deal, do the following:
  1. Click here.
  2. Make sure you are in the Groupon San Francisco location.
  3. You may or may not have to look on the right side of screen under "More Great Deals Nearby."

Happy dining!!!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Blogger is Now Working. Hurray!!!

My modem died, and I had to suffer without the Internet for about 1 week.

And, when I got my Internet back, Blogger wasn't updatable.  But, it's now up and working.  Yippee!!!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Walked 2.04 Miles. May 4, 2011

Walked an easy 2.04 recovery miles while on some errands today.

My right knee feels much better.  It wasn't happy with me after the 2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon this past weekend.  My quads are still a bit tight, but they are going the right direction.

I will probably foam roll and use The Stick on my legs later.

Guestimate calories burned:  120

My 6th Marathon Completed Snippet: BMO Vancouver Marathon, British Columbia, Canada. May 1, 2011

I trekked across our northern borders and competed the 2011 BMO Vancouver Marathon in British Columbia (Canada) over this past weekend.  It was my 1st international marathon.

The course was much hillier than I had expected but very pretty.

Currently, I am in photo editing hell and expect to be there for about 1 week using software I am not as familar with.